Officials say a regional Russian counterterrorism official has been killed and one officer wounded during a shootout in the North Caucasus.
Officials say Khasan Bogatyryov, deputy head of the regional interior ministry's antiextremism department, was killed in the town of Baksan in the fractious Kabardino-Balkaria area.
Islamic militants frequently clash with Russian forces over control over the area.
The incident is under investigation.
compiled from local and international agency reports